Download E-books Sex and the River Styx PDF

By Edward Hoagland

Called the simplest essayist of his time through luminaries like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Edward Abbey, Edward Hoagland brings readers his final assortment. In Sex and the River Styx, the author's sharp eye and severe interest shine via in essays that span his formative years exploring the woods in his rural Connecticut, his days as a circus employee, and his travels internationally in his later years.

Here, we meet Hoagland at his top: touring to Kampala, Uganda, to satisfy a relatives he'd been assisting aid basically to discover a divide a long way more than he can have ever imagined; reflecting on getting older, love, and intercourse in a deeply own, frequently staggering method; and bringing us the beauty of untamed locations, along the disparity of wasting them, and consistently with a twist that brings the style of nature writing to greatly new heights. His willing dissection of social realities and the human spirit will either startle and entice readers as they meet African matriarchs, Tibetan yak herders, circus aerialists, and the strippers who entertained university boys in Fifties Boston. Says Howard Frank Mosher in his foreword, the self-described rhapsodist "could rather be thought of our final, nice transcendentalist."

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Download E-books Selected Essays (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Samuel Johnson

This quantity encompasses a beneficiant choice from the essays Johnson released two times weekly as "The Rambler" within the early 1750s. It used to be right here that he first created the literary personality and solid the exact prose variety that tested him as a public determine. additionally incorporated this is the easiest of Johnson's later journalism, together with essays from the periodicals "The Adventurer" and "The Idler."

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable via introductions and notes through uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Venturing upon Dizzy Heights: Lectures and Essays on Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts PDF

By Bruce Ross

This publication assembles lectures and essays on literature (William Wordsworth, Walter Benjamin, chinese language mountain poetry, Friedrich Nietzsche, the Tao Te Ching), paintings (Paleolithic cave paintings, Vincent Van Gogh, American panorama painting), and eastern poetry types (haiku, haibun, tanka) that have been initially provided and released among 2000 and 2007. The essays determine options to counter the so-called postmodern . issues of will, ethics, and cognizance are tested in comparative contexts with the purpose of formulizing versions of enlightened states of being and their aesthetic expressions. This learn makes a speciality of Wordsworth’s rainbow epiphany; Walter Benjamin’s «aura» and «monad»; chinese language mountain poetry’s cosmic vacancy; Nietzsche’s Hyperborean; Paleolithic cave art’s transpersonal expression; Van Gogh’s «dizzy heights» of typical good looks; American panorama painters’ depiction of the chic; haiku’s absolute metaphor epiphany; and tanka’s connection among normal good looks and erotic feeling. the gathering is a re-evaluation of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s «fundamental team spirit» among humanity and nature, in addition to an exam of often-unmediated affective event and its expression during this context via literature and artwork.

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Download E-books Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture PDF

Volume—a notice that refers to sound, collections, and the size of space—is an important attribute of either photograph layout and well known track. whereas expressing diverse facets of those pervasive cultural mediums, the time period additionally introduces a dialogue on their many hyperlinks. Volume: Writings on photo layout, tune, paintings, and Culture is a set of either new and vintage writings by way of common Emigre contributor and educator Kenneth FitzGerald that survey the self-discipline of photograph layout in context with the parallel inventive fields of up to date musicand paintings. the themes of the writings are assorted: the jobs of sophistication in layout, layout schooling, Lester Bangs and Creem journal, pornography, album hide artwork, autonomous list labels, anonymity and imaginary artistic identities, and layout as cultural chaos-maker.

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Download E-books The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison (Modern Library Classics) PDF

By Ralph Ellison

Compiled, edited, and newly revised through Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, John F. Callahan, this contemporary Library Paperback vintage comprises posthumously stumbled on experiences, feedback, and interviews, in addition to the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by way of Robert Penn Warren as “a physique of cogent and refined observation at the questions that target race,” and Going to the Territory (1986), an exploration of literature and folklore, jazz and tradition, and the character and caliber of lives that black american citizens lead. “Ralph Ellison,” wrote Stanley Crouch, “reached throughout race, faith, category and intercourse to make us all Americans.”

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Download E-books October, or Autumnal Tints PDF

“A attractive variation” (Boston Globe) of Thoreau’s vintage paintings, more desirable with an illuminating essay and lovely watercolors.

initially added as a lecture almost immediately sooner than the writer’s personal dying, Henry David Thoreau’s vintage “Autumnal Tints” is an ode to autumn now not because the season of dying and rot, yet of ripeness, fullness, and adulthood. it really is might be the easiest piece ever written just about the autumn colour of the altering leaves. Thoreau was hoping sooner or later to show it into an illustrated e-book known as “October, or Autumnal Tints.”

Thoreau’s astute meditations are framed by means of a biographical essay through acclaimed student Robert D. Richardson that delves into the occasions and relationships influencing Thoreau’s philosophy. Sensuous watercolors by means of Lincoln Perry carry to existence the autumn shades defined so ecstatically by way of Thoreau, permitting longtime Thoreau enthusiasts and leaf-peepers alike to consider as if they're strolling one of the falling leaves along one among our greatest observers of the flora and fauna. Four-color

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Download E-books Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist's Explorations of the Sacred PDF

By Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead, K. Dale Koontz

This can be a selection of new essays at the non secular subject matters in, and the results of, the works of Joss Whedon, writer of such indicates as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and extra lately author and director of the box-office hit Marvel's The Avengers. The e-book addresses such issues as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, witchcraft, religious transformation, identification, group, heroism, apocalypse, and different theologically major topics of Whedon's inventive agencies. The disciplinary methods range besides; heritage, theology, philosophy of faith, phenom­enology, cultural experiences, and spiritual reviews are all hired. a few of the essay authors vary in that a few are in actual fact believers in God, a few are sincerely now not, and others go away that topic apart.

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Download E-books Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown PDF

By Michael Shermer

"Michael Shermer has given loads of issues loads of concept. in the event that your perceptions have ever rubbed you the opposite direction, you will discover Science Friction fascinating." ―Bill Nye, The technology Guy

A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day―and fools everybody. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and stepping into "the region" may well, or won't, increase his functionality. A son explores the possiblities of other and experimental drugs for his cancer-ravaged mom. And a skeptic realizes that it's time to flip the skeptical lens onto technological know-how itself.
In all the fourteen essays in Science Friction, bestselling writer Michael Shermer explores the very own limitations and biases that plague and propel technology, specifically while scientists push opposed to the unknown. What will we be aware of and what will we now not recognize? How does technological know-how reply to controversy, assault, and uncertainty? whilst does thought develop into authorised truth? As continually, Shermer gives you a thought-provoking, attention-grabbing, and wonderful view of existence within the clinical age.

"Meaty bills [and] wonderful dialogue . . . really worth having." ―The Washington put up publication World

"[Shermer's] major obsession is the reality . . . novice skeptics will study from his matter-of-fact dismissals of astrology and creationism." ―Psychology Today

"Extremely entertaining." ―Science News

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Download E-books Books of Adam: The Blunder Years PDF

Adam Ellis knew it was once time to go away artwork tuition whilst a fellow scholar offered her ultimate undertaking to the category: "I placed a condom at the Virgin Mary," she introduced, unveiling an inexpensive figurine sheathed in latex. The professor enjoyed it.

Baffled via the compliment his classmate gets, and purpose on turning into an artist on his personal phrases, Adam plots his get away to Portland, Oregon to start his existence within the actual world--only to achieve that maturity is lots more durable than it seems to be.

Based at the weblog of a similar name, BOOKS OF ADAM info Adam's hilarious trials and tribulations in his try to develop into a functioning member of society. From his arrest after shoplifting a bottle of chocolate milk to a faulty try and make pals that lands him in a shack with a hippie couple who've simply skinned a rabbit and try to appeal to him right into a three-some, Adam is an amicable man who can not seem to continue himself out of difficulty.

Paired along with his signature black and white illustrations, Adam's tales weave jointly an uproariously humorous and eventually captivating narrative a few younger guy searching for his position on the earth.

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Download E-books The Uncollected David Rakoff: Including the entire text of Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish PDF

Bestselling and Thurber Prize–winning stand-up comedian David Rakoff used to be essentially the most unique, delightfully acerbic voices of his iteration. right here, in a single position, is the easiest of his formerly uncollected material—most by no means ahead of released in publication form.
 
David Rakoff’s singular character spills from each web page of this witty and pleasing quantity, which include trip good points, early fiction works, popular culture feedback, and transcripts of his so much memorable appearances on public radio’s Fresh Air and This American Life

These writings chart his transformation from fish out of water, meekly arriving for faculty in 1982, to a proud New Yorker bluntly opining on how one can stroll adequately within the urban. They exhibit his exceptional skill to catch the pleasures of solitary goals like cooking and crafting, in particular in occasions of hassle; in addition to the ups and downs within the life-span of a friendship, if it is a true courting or an imaginary correspondence among Gregor Samsa and Dr. Seuss (co-authored with Jonathan Goldstein). additionally integrated is his novel-in-verseLove, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
 
By turns hilarious, incisive and deeply relocating, this assortment highlights the numerous elements of Rakoff’s large expertise and exhibits the arc of his notable career.

With a foreword through Paul Rudnick.

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